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A Feast of Summer Fun at Ayresome Community Primary

There’s still time to catch a feast of holiday fun at a Middlesbrough school this week.

Ayresome Primary is one of a number across Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland laying on Feast of Fun in partnership with local churches.

The Worcester Street school has teamed up with St Barnabas Church to run a summer club for local children, with families joining the youngsters for lunch each day.

The club runs to the end of this week (Friday, August 11) with fun-packed activities taking place between 10.30am and 12.30pm each day.

Feast of Fun sees churches, schools and community groups making a real difference in their local communities with a unique programme combining holiday activities with healthy food.

Now in its fourth year the project offers support to more children and families than ever before thanks to a dedicated team of more 250 volunteers who give their time to create a happy and safe place for children to have fun with music, sports, arts and crafts and cooking. 

At Ayresome this week the theme of pirates will be used to explore the different stories Jesus told to discover that real treasure is much more than just jewels and gold coins.

The stories will be told using drama and puppets, and a big pirate ship set up in one of the school halls, and the children also take part in craft activities and games.

Each morning finishes with a community lunch, when the children’s parents, carers and younger siblings are invited along to share a healthy and tasty meal together.

The initiative has been boosted with local donations of food and drink from Sainsbury’s Middlesbrough, Co-op Linthorpe Road, Asda Thornaby, Hanover Dairies and Meals and More.

The school has also been running its own summer club over the first two weeks of the summer holidays, with a programme of summer activities for pupils.

Ayresome Primary Headteacher Lisa Biggin said: “For many families the six-week summer holidays can be a challenge, with budgets stretched and little left over for activities and treats.

“Feast of Fun is a great example of people working together in their local communities to make a difference to hundreds of children and families.”

St Barnabas Church Curate Sam Tyndall added: “This is a grass–roots response to offer support to a great many families during the summer holidays.

“We are thrilled that so many churches and community groups are offering holiday activities across Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland with something happening every week of the holidays.”